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Meat or Poultry Business Registration Form Under Review

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is accepting comments through May 23 on the proposed renewal of an information collection regarding business registration requirements.

Provisions of the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products and Inspection Act prohibit any person, firm or corporation from engaging in commerce as a meat or poultry products broker, renderer, animal food manufacturer, wholesaler of livestock or poultry carcasses or parts, or public warehouseman storing such articles in or for commerce, or from engaging in the business of buying, selling or transporting in commerce or importing any dead, dying or disabled or diseased livestock or poultry or parts of the carcasses of livestock or poultry that died otherwise than by slaughter, unless it has registered its business with FSIS.

Parties required to register must do so by submitting FSIS Form 5020-1, Registration of Meat and Poultry Handlers, and must provide current and correct information, including their name, the address of all locations at which they conduct the business that requires them to register, and all trade or business names under which they conduct these businesses. In addition, parties required to register must do so within 90 days after they begin to engage in any of the businesses that require registration. They must also notify FSIS in writing when information on the form changes. An official establishment that conducts any of these activities does not have to register.

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